If you are sick and cannot attend an exam, only the official TASC Senior Secondary External Assessment Medical Certificate (form to be available in Term 4) will be accepted as evidence. The form requires you to have a medical consultation to provide specific evidence of your illness. TASC will use this evidence to decide if you qualify for derived exam results.

A medical practitioner (registered GPs or a hospital doctor) must complete the medical certificate. They provide a specific medical diagnosis of your illness and an assessment of whether you are fit to sit an exam due to a condition that is newly diagnosed/temporary or deterioration in an ongoing condition. Other health professionals (such as pharmacists, nurses and psychologists) cannot provide the same level of medical diagnosis of an illness. A medical certificate that simply states you were unfit for work/study is not acceptable.

The medical consultation must be:

  • no more than seven days before the exam (ideally, the GP appointment should be on the day of the exam).
  • no more than five business days after the exam. This time extension recognises the current difficulty of accessing GP appointments at short notice.

Your GP is to submit the form directly to TASC within three days of your appointment. You will be advised by TASC by email if your medical certificate has been accepted and you will receive derived results.

  1. Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
  2. Immediately arrange an appointment with your GP. The appointment should be the same day as your exam. If this isn’t possible, it should be no more than seven days before OR five business days after the exam.
  3. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide it to your GP.
  4. Your GP needs to provide TASC with your completed Section A and their completed Section B by email or by mail within three days of the appointment.
  5. You will be advised by TASC by email if your medical certificate has been accepted and you will receive derived results.
  1. Tell the Exam Supervisor that you are unwell and need to leave the exam.
  2. Immediately arrange an appointment with your GP. The appointment should be the same day as your exam (or no more than five business days after the exam).
  3. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide it to your GP.
  4. Your GP needs to provide TASC with your completed Section A and their completed Section B by email or by mail within three days of the appointment.
  5. You will be advised by TASC by email if your medical certificate has been accepted and you will receive derived results.

Information will be available ahead of Term 4 about the steps to take and evidence to provide if you have COVID-19, or have COVID-19 type symptoms, at the time of your exam.

This will include an updated TASC Medical Certificate for 2022 external assessments.

  1. Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
  2. Write to the Executive Officer, TASC at execofficer@tasc.tas.gov.au on the same day as your exam (or no more than five business days after the exam) to apply for an emergency special arrangement.  You must detail the reasons for your absence, and provide supporting evidence as outlined in the below application checklist.
  3. You will be advised by TASC by email if your application has been accepted and you will receive derived results.

Emergency special arrangement application checklist

This checklist is to help you include all the information needed to assess if an emergency special arrangement should apply and make a decision about deriving your exam results.

If the reason you cannot attend an exam is that you are sick, complete the TASC Senior Secondary External Assessment Medical Certificate.

To apply for an emergency special arrangement your email to the Executive Officer, TASC at execofficer@tasc.tas.gov.au needs to include:

Your details

 

  • Full name.
  • TASC ID.
  • Phone number and email address.
Details of exam/s you are applying for derived exam rating/s for

  • List the course/s and exam date/s.
  • If a course has a practical externally assessed exam (such as a performance, display or oral exam), state if you are applying for derived ratings for the written and/or practical exam.
Description of circumstances

 

  • Describe the reason why you can’t attend your exam and an emergency special arrangement should apply. Ensure you include relevant details, where possible, such as dates, times, and locations.
Supporting evidence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required supporting evidence will vary based on the specific circumstances of the application. Please refer to the suggested forms of evidence below for general guidance.

  • An unexpected death during the exam period.
    Evidence: Signed letter/email from a medical practitioner or allied health professional (i.e. GP or psychologist/social worker) or the school Principal. This letter should describe the relationship with the deceased individual and how the death will impact the student’s ability to sit their exam.
  • Other sudden, traumatic event/emergency during the exam period.
    Evidence: Signed letter/email from a medical practitioner or allied health professional (i.e. GP or psychologist/social worker) or the school Principal. This letter should outline the impact of the traumatic event or emergency on the student’s ability to sit their exam.
  • Student unexpectedly selected to take part in a recognised National or International sporting, academic or cultural event that will occur at the same time as their exam.
    Evidence: Submit all the materials listed below:

    • Official letter of selection.
    • The organisation’s contact details.
    • A travel schedule/itinerary/calendar of events.
      Note: If selection occurred before the closing date for special exam centre applications, detail why the student cannot sit the exam at a special exam centre.

Remember:

  • Double check that you have used the correct email address: execofficer@tasc.tas.gov.au. TASC will email you to confirm we have received your application.

Derived exam ratings will be applied to determine your results, if it is accepted that you are sick or experience an emergency and can’t attend your exam (in whole or in part).

For more information about derived exam ratings, see the information sheet on Student Results using Derived Exam Ratings.